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a little bit throughout the day, and i know that my friends from virginia and my friend from connecticut had a press conference earlier today to talk about some of the issues that are being talked about rhetorically. and let's say that what is happening right now -- and it is unfortunate for the american people -- what is happening right now is that both sides of the aisle are trying to herd of goats with language -- up folks with language that does not do justice to this, very difficult, something very much needed in this country. there have been a lot of discussion about this funding mechanism, this $50 million -- this $50 billion bailout fund, if you will -- and those are somebody else's words by the way, not mine. let's just talk about this and i know the american people are probably tuning and in some cases and wonder how we are jumping into this without a lot of dialogue, but the fact is that we have a financial regulation bill that i hope will come before us and that will dills something called orderly liquidation, so that when a large institution fails, it actually fails. i think
of west virginia, a day to honor the men and women killed, disabled, injured on the job. in my state of ohio alone in 2008, 167 workers died on the job, and the 119,000 injury claims were filed. the ohio bureau of workers compensation. before my question i'd like to share a real quick story that i had steered with mr. main with his in my office. i've were my lapel, a picture of a dinner in a birdcage and what in this room knows what that's about, just to signify the importance of workers in safety and all the other things that come with it. the question i have is the mission in your statement, mr. main, that msh has limited tools to hold that actors accountable to try to force mining companies to change their behavior. you gave an example of a tool that msh does use by issuing a withdrawal order and stopping production. but these orders are only used when conditions present imminent danger. my question is, isn't that too late? our withdrawal orders just enough, adequate to prevent disaster? >> yes. there's about four basic tools that inspectors have under the might act to take action
. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from west virginia is recognized for three minutes. mr. mollohan: mr. speaker, mr. chairman, i thank the gentleman from california for yielding. and i thank him also for his leadership on mine safety and workplace safety. mr. speaker, i would also like to thank the sponsor of this resolution, my colleague from west virginia's third congressional district, nick rahall. coal miners and the coal industry have no greater champion than the chairman of the natural resources committee, chairman rahall. mr. speaker, tragedy has visited west virginia's coal mines again. if a -- as a visitor, our state knows all too well the names of the communities changed with each visit and the years as well. monanga in 1907, farmington in 1968, sago in 2006 and now raleigh county, april, 2010. the names change, mr. speaker, but the grief and the sorrow, they stay exactly the same. the mother who lost her son last week is united with the sister who lost her brother in 1968 and the daughter who lost her father in 1907. mr. speaker, shy of two million people live in my state, m
of those districts. john spratt has been forever in south carolina. in west virginia 1, there is william monahan. hopefully, we will get them -- we will get rid of them before november and not in november. we have two of the most obnoxious members of the congress. one person who has been particularly hostile to the tea party of movement is a freshman and a republican in this district is alan grayson in florida. [applause] since most of us are legally qualified to vote in nevada because we have been there so much, we have met a fabulous candidates, a doctor in nevada, who is running in nevada 3. we are really proud to endorse dr. joe hecht for congress. [applause] our final target list is another virginia race. the gerry connolly seems to find troubling replace he turns. it would be good to change the ethics of the 11th congressional district of virginia. [applause] as i said earlier, we have to remember to reward our friends who we have endorsed. republicans who have stood for the tea party movement from the beginning, tom mcclintock in california 4 and the representative from georgia 6.
, the chairman outside, that i spent much of the last week at a mine disaster in a rural part of west virginia. amongst all of the horrible things that come out after experience like that, one of the most disturbing was the fact that not one person there, the rescue people trying to get inside mine officials, miners families, most importantly, trying to call people in detroit or akron or wherever they might be, couldn't do that. there is no cell phone service in that part of the state. and it is not the most rural part of the state. that made me angry. putting ideas on paper is just not enough. just seeking comment on a slew of issues is not enough. to me, 10 years after 9/11, it is action that counts. let me tell you why. in west virginia, one in five households lack access to broadband service. as this plan notes,ly 71% of the state's population has access to 3g wireless service. every day that goes by, communities without broadband in west virginia and every state in the country, and no state doesn't have remote, rural parts to it, risks falling father behind. in this new century, broadband
. the president also commented on the coal mine explosion in west virginia. this is just after his return from a trip to prague >>. >> i want to say a few words about the tragedy in west virginia justice john paul stevens will retire from the court at the end of this term. when president ford was faced with a supreme court vacancy, he wanted a nominee that was brilliant, not ideological, pragmatic. he found that nominee in john paul stevens. justice stevens has done this since the moment he enlisted from the day before pearl harbor. during the tenure, he has stood as an impartial guardian of the law. he has worn the judicial will -- broke with honor -- the judicial robe with honor. he will soon turn 90 this month. his leadership will be sorely missed. i had an opportunity to speak with him and i told him that on behalf of a grateful nation that i thank him for his service. justice stevens expressed to me in a letter that it is in the best interest of the supreme court to have a successor appointed and confirmed before the next term begins. i will move quickly to name a nominee as i did with ju
in mexico. we need to get that message out, because we can do something about this. host: bill, virginia. good morning. caller: my question regards marijuana. for years we have been told it is a gateway drug. in my experience it seems to be a gateway drug to the black market. seeing as how marijuana is the most widely used, by far, i am interested in your thoughts on this. if we legalize marijuana, that will cut down on people's access. people using harder drugs would get down. -- go down. guest: i recently gave a speech to the california police chiefs in which we outlined our legislation. it will not save the budget of california. legalization, the amount of money collected would be paltry compared to the amount of money spent on social and criminal justice costs. alcohol is taxed, but the amount of money collected does not even begin to pay for the drunk driving arrests and social and health care costs. legalization does not seem to make a lot of sense from many standpoints. we go into it in detail. the speech that i gave it is on our website. host: next call, pennsylvania. benjamin, g
. berman: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. moran. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. moran: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the chairman for his leadership on this issue. as the chairman knows, i have some reservations about the effectiveness of a sanctions regime, but there's no question in my mind but the worst thing that can happen is military confrontation, because that would, in fact, unite the iranian people against america and on the wrong side of history. you no, 7 -- now, it is too easy to think of iran as a monolithic people. the reality is that iran is the successor to the great persian civilization and is a very diverse civilization. i share the chairman's concern about the current government of iran, which i doubt think is consistent with persia's history. and in fact their actions have been inexplicable and inexcusable. and the chairman is right, obviously, to respond. but the reality is that a very substantial portion of the iranian population, perhaps the majority, in fact embra
floor. theresa wharton. virginia thompson. victoria dexter. karen shepherd. sondra sanders. claudine ritter. jill randolph. frankie merrill. claude thatte meeks. >> alvin justice. cristy jenkins. my sister, robin huss baby amber huss. she let driver -- sheila driver and baby. kathy family. -- kathy finley. woodrow brady. >> we remember our friends and family in the advance security surface, third floor. robert westbury. larry turner. norma johnson. robert demaster. my uncle, hardly cottingham. >> visitor to the second floor, we remember scott williams. >> we remember our friends and family in the american child develops center, second floor. carlton smith. chase smith. blake kennedy. wanda howell. kevin. kevin garrett. tyler santores. brenda daniels. >> my sister, jaycee ray. antonio and sarah cooper. >> anthony christopher cooper. his mother, dana cooper. zachary taylor chavez. my big sister, bailey allman. >> remember our friends and family in the general services administration, first floor. stephen curry. >> where remember our friends and family in social security administration,
in the suburbs of virginia and maryland. in an area for like washington, d.c. for excel they are expanding in northern virginia and expanding the metro in the maryland suburbs. from what i gathered he would be against that do to your idea that public transportation has not yet paid for itself. spikelets affect public transportation in general. now there is one of i will say that has done a fine job when it comes to public transportation if i may say this, this isn't technically public transit but amtrak has been heavily subsidized. eight, too, isn't doing well but the route from d.c. to new york is doing fine because it isn't heavily subsidizes more private loans than the other tracks owned by amtrak but also because people use it. but anyhow, i'm sorry. >> my thought with eminent domain or i was going to ask about eminent domain do you support that idea and if so why if that is a government takeover of private land. >> that is a great question and i to address this in my book, i have a whole section of eminent domain and different court cases addressing the eminent domain issue and the co
, democrat from roanoke, virginia. caller: as a former air force member, working at a couple of command posts, we have a tactical nuclear weapons as well as strategic nuclear weapons. our tactical nuclear weapons are part of our the tactical nuclear weapons part of the start treaty? guest: they are not part of the start treaty, but they are part of the negotiation that president obama has expressed an interest in exploring. one of the things that could potentially come out of the meetings today and tomorrow is a greater interest in addressing other types of nuclear weapons. during the cold war, the greatest concern was the large strategic forces that presented the greatest threat to us and to the soviet union. now with the changing environment at the end of the cold war and the emergence of nuclear terrorism, there is a greater concern for nuclear security across the board, and that includes looking at things like tactical nuclear weapons, which are numerous, over 5000 tactical nuclear weapons around the world and they are very small, so they are of particular concern for potential nuclear te
possible. my question was, two years ago, a year-and-a-half ago and moved to virginia. i have been very thirsty for any afghan projects that have been going on here. unfortunately i really have not found many. for instance, there are to poetry clothes that afghans have made which i am part of. but do you have any focus on the afghans that are year, uniting them and giving the province to do your? they key. >> thank you. yes. one thing that we are benefiting is to release of by afghans who are serving o are serving the e. we do also work with a number of afghan organizations on the events as sports and cultural events and others. we know that the potential for these afghans to do more is enormous. some of them, fortunately a number of them have formed their own groups. there are smaller crews that are involved in airports or does the developments and others. so as i mentioned, one of the purposes of the foundation is you really bring all of these independent cells together and form as energy between these different abilities and improve and enhance so that the afghans will have a place t
, how does general caldwell decide to take this contract and bring it to a navy office in virginia, counter-narco terrorism program office and have them serve a program management function and wind up with an acquisition strategy that has the army's space and missile defense command in alabama working a contract action for him? can you comment on that? >> sir, i'll take part of that and then i'll refer to mr. harrington to answer the specifics of the contract. going to other organizations. but at cstc-a under general caldwell we have a team that supports him. i just mentioned kabul. you've seen them extraordinary work, i agree. we assigned one of our acquisition colonel whose sits as a part of general caldwell's staff who helps him articulate the strategy. the acquisition strategy for the billions of dollars that he has to execute this year. and i think don't hold me to the numbers but i think it's somewhere around $8 billion. so rcc kabul about 1.2, $1.5 billion, i think, this year. others will be done by other organizations. so we have people inside his organization that are help
auctions by a virginia company. they went from lafayette park and were soon put on riverboats and sends to the south. i spend considerable time also recounting the story of african-americans in the white house, which until barack obama and modernity were black people in service. elizabeth paglia's one figure. elizabeth carefully was mrs. lincoln's seamstress and she wrote the memoir, and she was closer to the lincolns in some ways than almost anybody in the white house. she had an absolute birds eye view. she became a free black and she wrote her memoir, and mrs. lincoln felt betrayed and she ended her life and a home for the indigent, indigent, i forget the name of the institution in the washington area. and also i recount the at the same time between frederick douglass and lincoln. it is interesting, henry louis gates who became famous in the obama story a little later for reasons that we all know in the presidency described for me, has a long description in the book about his impressions of obama and he said look, the most radical thing about barack obama is that he is african-americ
of virginia law school, a great tax lawyer, always told me we pronounced it. it should have been called tefra so that we could have tea for two. >> tefra was a remarkable solo performance by bob dole it off deal with exactly the problem that we find insurmountable now, which is dealing with the deficit. although at that time we had a huge deficit. and we had very high interest rates. and in the order of 18% interest rates. and dole and some other members of the finance committee met with paul volcker was the fed chair at the time. and he said if you pass a big package that cuts the deficit by a specified amount, he would -- he would ease off on the interest rates. and so that was the motive that they had. and the members of the finance committee and i believe it the republicans took upon that as a challenge. and we were -- we put together in 1982 and tefra was mainly the tax piece. but there was a spending cut piece. and it was called the three-legged stool, the famous -- i often talked about the three-legged stool. it was tax cuts and spending cuts and incentives. and volcker cut the interes
by, out in virginia, run by a muslim. and apparently there was two weeks after 9/11 this guy couldn't get anybody in. it was just packed that people want to come out and show their support. it's typical of americans. president bush went to the national cathedral and then went to the mosque. some criticize that. but again, a very american response to embrace rather than condemn. know, there was unity but then it broke apart. largely because of iraq. that was the catalyst of that crisis and disagreement. but i think i think there's closure on that that we are getting now that is encouraging. some people are forgetting what they said earlier but there seems to be a consensus that we have worked through this and things may be working out all right. still keep fingers crossed. but that's where what the fight was about. >> host: you have to do with iraq. how do you think history going to look back on the decision to react to the 9/11 attacks by invading iraq? >> guest: great question. 64,000-dollar question. ryan crocker to was our ambassador said the other day a lot of criticisms about g
, of course in california, massachusetts, are right here in northern virginia. but broadband has not impacted small high-tech businesses. this technology has changed traditional business models that all small business owners once relied on. as such, it is particularly important that small businesses have access to broadband technology so they can compete on a global level. this committee has long understood that small business come in all shapes and all sizes. and occupy a wide range of different industries. with this in mind, we do not want to disconnect mainstream. we also want to connect every street. every side alley and every country road so that all small businesses, whether they are a traditional farming interest or internet startup, out in these less populated areas, have the same technological opportunities. so while we must expand access to these services at the same time, we must ensure broadband is affordable for these entrepreneurs. according to reports from the fcc, businesses with 25 or employees or less, take two times more employees for broadband than those with more than 25
of the west virginia coal mine disaster that killed 29
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